Texting the Image

During our texting the image lecture these were just a few of the books that were mentioned that I thought sounded interesting. There are more books I would also like to take a look at from the lecture but these are the ones I have looked at so far.
Our lecture was on looking at how images and text relate to one another, and how they can have different meanings depending on each other.

The first book I looked at was The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes. Within this book Roy DeCarava pairs his photographs of life in Harlem with fictional text by Langston Hughes. The way the image and text are put together make you believe that who you are seeing in the photographs and who are written about in the text are the same, but they in fact have no relation to one another. This I found was a very interesting way of pairing the two together as even knowing that the two weren’t related when I read the book I could see how well the book flowed and how the images related to the text.

The second book I looked at was Martin Parr’s The Photobook: A History Volume 1 this was extremely different after looking at The Sweet Flypaper of Life as Parr pairs his images and text together to present information to the reader on how photographic books are put together. When thinking about our series project this book was really helpful as it informed how photographs can tell a story as a collective rather than individual images.

Lastly I looked at Bill Owens Suburbia again unlike The Sweet Flypaper of Life this a book that presents the truth about Suburban life. Owens was part of the community he photographed; the book mostly shows portraits of the residents in their homes, but also includes a few landscapes of the area. The captions that are coupled with the images are quotes from the people he photographed, but you do not know who in the photograph said it, you can only assume.

Overall I found all the photobooks influential and they helped me to understand the different ways in which you can join image and text together. Depending on how they are put together can make a big difference as to how you view them.


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